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Computer Mouse and more art by Douglas Engelbart

Computer Mouse, 1964

In 1964, Douglas Engelbart cobbled together the first prototype of the computer mouse, composed of two perpendicular wheels housed in a wooden box. Inspired by a planimeter (the device then used by geographers and engineers to measure areas on a map or drawing), the device tracked the coordinates for a cursor on a computer screen when rolled on a tabletop - thus giving the mouse its first name, “X-Y position indicator for a display system.”



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